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As lockdown is eased, we could see many more people walking and cycling across London. Crowded pavements and cycle lanes will make it difficult for people to social distance as they return to work.

Public transport must only be used when absolutely necessary. This will ensure that people who have no choice but to return to work in central London can do so as safely as possible.

What we're doing

We're working with London's boroughs to identify places where temporary changes are needed to support social distancing or that would benefit from cycling and walking improvements.

To help our customers walk and cycle wherever possible, we're concentrating on three key areas:

  • Quickly building a strategic cycling network, using temporary materials and including new routes, to help reduce crowding on the Tube and trains and on busy bus routes
  • Changing town centres so local journeys can be safely walked and cycled where possible, for example with wider pavements on high streets to give space for queues outside shops as people safely walk past while socially distancing
  • Reducing traffic on residential streets, creating low-traffic corridors right across London so more people can walk and cycle as part of their daily routine

Some of the temporary changes we're making could become permanent.

Where we're working

Keep checking back here for more information as we expand our plans.

Car-free zones

Our plans include giving central London some of the largest car-free zones in a capital city.

Some streets may be switched to walking and cycling only while others may be limited to walking, cycling and buses. This is now planned for streets between:

  • London Bridge and Shoreditch
  • Euston and Waterloo
  • Old Street and Holborn

Emergency services and people with mobility issues will still have access, but deliveries on some streets may be restricted to outside of Congestion Charge hours.

Waterloo Bridge and London Bridge may be restricted to people walking, cycling and buses only, with pavements widened so people can safely travel between busy railway stations and their workplaces.

The City of London plans to make its busiest roads car-free as lockdown is eased. We are working with the City of London Corporation on options to improve routes between Old Street and Bank, and between Cannon Street and Holborn to Bank for walking and cycling.

Cycling network

  • Work has begun on the first temporary cycle lane along Park Lane where the speed limit will also be reduced to 20mph to reduce road danger
  • Work at Balham High Road is creating temporary cycle lanes
  • Work on Cycleway 9 between Kensington Olympia and Brentford, and Cycleway 4 between Tower Hill and Greenwich will speed up with temporary measures
  • Another 30km of permanent cycle lanes will be added to the existing 160km-long Cycleway network during summer 2020

We're also adding an initial 1,000 extra cycle parking spaces across London, focused around busy areas like high streets and transport hubs.

Changing streets

On-street parking and lanes for cars and general traffic will be repurposed to give people on foot and on cycles more space to social distance while they travel past and queue for local shops.

Walking space has also been added on these streets, with more to come:

  • The A23, outside Brixton station (Lambeth)
  • Earl's Court Road (Kensington and Chelsea)
  • Stoke Newington High Street (Hackney)
  • Camden High Street (Camden)
  • Stoke Newington (Hackney)
  • Rye Lane (Peckham in Southwark)
  • Walworth Road (Southwark)
  • Chatsworth Road (Hackney)
  • Loughborough Junction (Lambeth)
  • King Street (Hammersmith & Fulham)
  • London Road (Croydon)
  • St Thomas Street and Borough High Street (Southwark)
  • Seven Sisters Road (Islington)
  • Tottenham High Road (Haringey)

Some roads have been temporarily closed to motor vehicles:

  • Broadway Market (Hackney)
  • The Mall/Constitution Hill (Westminster) - weekend only
  • All Royal Parks (except Regents Park) - weekend only

Planning your journey


Hire a Santander Cycle

You can use your own cycle or hire a Santander Cycle.

Protecting access

We're working to make sure that people with any mobility issues are still able to use the pavements as normal.

We're also looking at the needs of businesses that make and receive deliveries as well as taxis that drop off and pick up passengers.

Some loading bays may need to be shortened or moved but we'll try to make temporary arrangements to minimise any disruption to business activity. We'll review all changes regularly.

Borough officers

We have collated interim guidance to help London's boroughs, local authorities and our other partners plan, design and create the most effective and sustainable walking and cycling infrastructure possible.

This page will be regularly updated with further guidance.

The main document has information on the London Streetspace Plan, TfL process and borough funding. The appendices have information on the branding, TMAN proforma, borough funding proforma and initial analysis.